BETHESDA, MD — President Donald Trump left Walter Reed Medical Center early Monday evening following a three-day stay for treatment after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. He returned to the White House via Marine One and removed his mask for a photo opportunity before entering the building.
Trump wore a paper mask when he left the hospital, at 6:40 p.m. ET, and did not address questions. He gave thumbs-up gestures to those nearby and walked directly to the vehicle that soon transported him to the Marine One aircraft and the trip back to the White House.
At the White House, video footage shows at least one administration photographer near Trump while he was unmasked. There are more than 100 employees on the White House residence staff alone, according to The Atlantic.
All of whom who could presumably be in close contact with Trump, who accounts for a confirmed positive coronavirus case.
In an earlier tweet, Trump urged his followers to “don’t be afraid” of the coronavirus.
Dr. Sean Conley, one of the president’s doctors, said Trump has not had a high-grade fever in more than 72 hours, was no longer on oxygen but that he “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.”
But the president’s condition improved enough for him to be cleared to return to the White House, according to the doctor.
“There is no evidence of a live virus still present that he could transfer to others,” Conley said.
Conley said the team of doctors will do “everything possible” to allow for Trump to continue serving in his capacity as president “at the White House, or wherever that may be.”
Trump pushed his medical team to discharge him from the hospital just a day after he briefly left to salute supporters from a motorcade and said in a video that he now understands the severity of a virus he has spent the last nine months downplaying.
“We have developed, under the Trump administration, some really great drugs and knowledge,” Trump tweeted Monday afternoon. “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
More members of Trump’s inner circle, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have announced they have tested positive for the coronavirus. She attended what is being called a “superspreader” event Sept. 26 where more than 150 people gathered in the Rose Garden to congratulate Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. In all, about 13 people closely associated with Trump or the Rose Garden event have tested positive for the virus.
Trump’s motorcade appearance Sunday outside Walter Reed on Sunday was met by scorn by the president’s adversaries, who said it